News on the topic: forced disappearance

Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Bundestag, takes over the prisoner’s godparenthood for Maria Kolesnikova

08.09.2020 Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Bundestag, takes over the prisoner’s godparenthood for Maria Kolesnikova

As part of the solidarity campaign #WeStandBYyou of Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights, Claudia Roth, Vice-President of the German Bundestag, has taken over the prisoner’s godparenthood for Maria Kolesnikova and demands her immediate and unconditional release.

Amnesty International: Authorities subject opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava to abduction-style arrest

08.09.2020 Amnesty International: Authorities subject opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava to abduction-style arrest

Belarusian authorities must immediately disclose the fate and whereabouts of opposition leader Maryia Kalesnikava and release her without delay, Amnesty International said today. According to eyewitnesses, Maryia Kalesnikava was abducted by masked men in Minsk on Monday morning, contradicting the Belarusian authorities’ claim that she was detained at the border with Ukraine.

PACE rapporteur is outraged that Dmitry Pavlichenko is back on the street

03.09.2020 PACE rapporteur is outraged that Dmitry Pavlichenko is back on the street

André Gattolin (France, ALDE), the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s (PACE) rapporteur on “Ending enforced disappearances on the territory of the Council of Europe” has today expressed outrage that Dmitry Pavlichenko is still out in the streets of Minsk threatening demonstrators instead of facing justice for his role in the enforced disappearance of Yuri Zakharenko, a former interior minister, Victor Gonchar, a former vice-president of the parliament, Anatoly Krasovski, a businessman who disappeared alongside Mr Gonchar, and Dmitri Zavadski, a Russian TV cameraman.

UN human rights experts: Belarus must stop torturing protesters and prevent enforced disappearances

02.09.2020 UN human rights experts: Belarus must stop torturing protesters and prevent enforced disappearances

UN human rights experts* called on Belarus to stop torturing detainees and bring to justice police officers who reportedly have been humiliating and beating protesters in their custody with impunity.

UN HRC Finds Violation of the Rights of the Abducted Politician Yury Zakharanka

14.04.2017 UN HRC Finds Violation of the Rights of the Abducted Politician Yury Zakharanka

The Committee on Human Rights of the UN considered the individual complaint from the politician’s mother Uliyana Zakharanka and his daughter Alena filed in 2014. Finally, the Committee ruled that the rights of the disappeared politician and of his relatives have been violated. The decision was sent on April 11 to the lawyers of the Belarusian Documentation Center, who reported it at a press conference on April 13.

16.07.2015 The investigation of Yury Zakharanka's disappearance extended

Preliminary investigation of the missing of the ex-Minister of internal Affairs is extended until September 24.

TV cameraman Dzmitry Zavadski went missing 15 years ago

07.07.2015 TV cameraman Dzmitry Zavadski went missing 15 years ago

Belarusian cameraman, journalist of the Russian TV channel ORT (Russian Public Television, now – the First Channel) disappeared exactly 15 years ago, July 7, 2000. At that time he was 27 years old.

Criminal proceedings into disappearance of Aliaksandr Shachanok instituted in Homel

16.09.2014 Criminal proceedings into disappearance of Aliaksandr Shachanok instituted in Homel

This was reported by human rights activist Barys Bukhel who maintains contact with the investigators. Last time Aliaksandr Shachanok was seen August 27, when leaving the building of the Bykhau District Court. August 29, his relatives started looking for him and then applied to the police.

Enforced disappearances of the political opponents of the authority

11.09.2014 Enforced disappearances of the political opponents of the authority

Individual Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review was prepared by the human rights organization "Belarusian Documentation Center" within the framework of preparation of the alternative report of Belarusian NGOs. These documents on the Republic of Belarus will be considered at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in May-June 2015.

Activist Aliaksandr Shachanok disappeared

04.09.2014 Activist Aliaksandr Shachanok disappeared

The whereabouts of a civic activist from Bykhau district Aliaksandr Shachanok have been unknown since 27 August.

14th anniversary of Dzmitry Zavadski's abduction

08.07.2014 14th anniversary of Dzmitry Zavadski's abduction

The journalist of the ORT TV channel disappeared without a trace in Minsk on 7 July 2000.

Homel court warns Young Front activists over Ukraine solidarity

18.04.2014 Homel court warns Young Front activists over Ukraine solidarity

The Tsentralny District Court of Homel issued official warnings to three members of the Young Front opposition movement, Andrei Tsianiuta, Natallia Kryvashei and Stanislau Bula, having found them guilty of illegal picketing. The activists were charged of staging on 22 February an illegal picket in memory of Ukrainian victims.

10.10.2013 Investigation into 1999 disappearance of Yury Zakharanka prolonged once again

The years-long investigation into the 1999 disappearance of former Interior Minister Yury Zakharanka has been extended once again, this time until December 24, human rights defender Aleh Volchak told BelaPAN on Wednesday.

16.09.2013 Viktar Hanchar and Anatol Krasouski kidnapped 14 years ago

The guilty of kidnapping of the oppositionists haven’t been punished in spite of proofs and evidences.

International Day of the Disappeared marked today

30.08.2013 International Day of the Disappeared marked today

The International Day of the Disappeared is marked today across the world. The tradition of marking the Day of the Disappeared on August 30 was launched in the 1980s by the Latin American Federation of relatives of disappeared people FEDEFAM.

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